A silent thief describes the theft of peoples sight which is associated to glaucoma, but it is possible to stop the onset of blindness if eye screenings catch it early.

Next month is Glaucoma awareness month to enlighten people about this type of disease. Professor Helen Daneesh-Meyer said they have seen the numbers of glaucoma cases increase dramatically in Aotearoa estimating 68,000 people aged 40yrs plus currently have glaucoma.

Predictions are that there will be 76,000 people with glaucoma by 2031. People though do not realise they have glaucoma until they do eye tests and with immediate medical methods the onset of blindness can be deferred.

Glaucoma research indicates in glaucoma the nerves around the pupil die off until i affects the central system and possibly blindness.

He whanako huna i te kitenga o nga whatu tangata koinei te ahuatanga o te mate glaucoma, hoi ano ka ahei ki te purukati i te ngaronga kitenga mena ka whakamatautau tomua mai. Hei tera marama o Hongongoi  kei te tu te whakaohotanga o tenei mate ara Glaucoma Awareness month. Kei te ki a Ahorangi Helen Daneesh-Meyer kua kitea te nuiatanga ake o te mate glaucoma ki roto o Aotearoa tera te waitohutanga e ono tekau ma waru mano nga tangata o Aotearoa e pakeke ana i te wha tekau tau aianei e pangia ana e te mate glaucoma. E matakite ana ka tini mano ake te hunga kia whitu tekau ma ono mano hei te tau rua mano toru tekau ma tahi. Hoi ano nga tangata kare e mohio kei te patu ratau i te mate glaucoma, otira ma te whakamatautau e tere kite ai me te mahi i te rongoa e purukati ana i tana ngokitanga kia kahupo rano. Hei te rangahau ko te ahua o te mate glaucoma ko nga uaua o te whatu e matemate ana i nga tahataha e neke huna ana ki te pu whatu, mea rawa ake kua kore he kitenga whatu.